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School Continues to Reflect Late President's Legacy

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Turning now to Cedar Rapids where the late president's name graces the halls of an institution of learning.

John F. Kennedy high school opened its doors in northeast Cedar Rapids just a few years after the assassination of President Kennedy, but the building has more history with the Kennedy family than just a name on a sign.

The late president once said--one person can make a difference and every person should try--that quote is displayed outside the media center at Kennedy high school for students to see--and live by.

"The spirit of giving and community that he exhibited is a big part of what this school is about, said Jason Kline, Kennedy High School principal.

The school was one of the first in the nation to be named after John F. Kennedy--less than four years after his assassination.

"Cedar Rapids School District opened up a brand new high school and immediately everyone agreed they wanted to name it after the late president, said Historian Mark Stoffer Hunter.

Stoffer Hunter says the district chose Kennedy over another well-known president Abraham Lincoln--and when the school finally opened.... In the fall of 1967, a Kennedy helped dedicate it.

"Edward Teddy Kennedy came here..."It's a way to promote the idea of the values of history and the leadership history of the country, he said.

Plus the city of Cedar Rapids, which JFK once visited 55 years ago before he was even president.

"He had been to the city before and was certainly well remembered for that visit, said Stoffer Hunter, and years later in the halls of this school, his legacy lives on.

"We give a lot of awards for students who give back to the community we recognize students for what we call service above self, said Kline.
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